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Organic waste collection up 29.98% since last year

residus-orga--nicsv2Formentera’s environment office reports that the amount of organic waste collected in 2019 marks an 29.98% increase on the same figure in 2018. A total of 704.17 tonnes were picked up over the five months from 15 May to 15 October, compared to 541.77 tonnes the previous year.

Organic waste collection among restaurants and other local businesses began with a 2017 trial run that netted 100 tonnes. This year the network of establishments benefitting from door-to-door pick-up has grown to 170. Participants even have at their disposition an environmental advisory agent, or zelador, from the Consell’s environment office.

Environment councillor Antonio J Sanz hailed the news and thanked participating businesses “for everything they’ve brought to the table”.

Councillor Sanz pointed out that, in 2019, between the figures for collected organic waste and recyclables such glass, plastics, paper and cardboard, the Consell de Formentera “is getting closer to our goal of recycling half of all the island’s waste that was outlined in legislation passed in August 2019 on hazardous materials and soils”. Recyclables currently account for 33.78% of total waste collection, a four-point increase since a year ago.

The figures from the environment department show that, including September, solid waste collection in urban parts of the island was at 5,617.42 tonnes; paper and cardboard collection reached 805,07 tonnes; plastics 561.94, glass 661.88 and organic waste 661.88. Collection rates were highest in August (1,637 tonnes), followed by July (1,528) and June (1,271.76). The low came in January, when total collection dropped to 363.82.

21 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

S’Estufador fire declared extinguished at 4.17am

foto-bombers-formenterav2The Consell de Formentera fire brigade was deployed in response to a fire that began last night at approximately 10.20pm in the S’Estufador area of La Mola. The municipal crew gave support to the Balearic forestry service (Ibanat) and Civil Protection corps already engaged in fighting the flames. Guardia Civil and local police were also on the scene along with the members of the emergency operational unit, part of the Balearic public administrations ministry.

The blaze scorched 0.14 hectares of pine forest which Josep Marí, Formentera’s interior councillor, described as “difficult to access”, remarking that crew’s response had been made “even more complicated given high proportion of homes in remote locations”. According to the councillor: “Luckily firefighters brought the fire under control fast, and they did it, despite strong winds, thanks to the considerable response that was deployed”. Marí saluted the efforts of emergency workers and, in particular, volunteers.

Flames were declared extinguished at 4.17am, with subsequent showers helping to moisten the area. As a preventive measure, 21 individuals were evacuated from the 14 homes in the affected area. The blaze was said to be stable by 2.00pm yesterday; that status was updated to “controlled” by 4.47pm. The Guardia Civil has opened an investigation into the causes behind the fire.


21 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Lifeguard drill

simulacre-socorrisme--1-1Consell de Formentera lifeguards took part in a simulated rescue on Ses Illetes beach today. The simulation involved the rescue of two individuals aboard a boat on fire at sea; one of the pair required CPR. The head of the lifeguard and rescue service of the Consell de Formentera, Marco Lage, described the exercise, customary when the work flow slows at season’s end, as a fantastic addition to lifeguards’ training.


18 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Book club encouraging islanders to ‘read and enjoy’ takes off at Villangómez library

llibres-club-de-lectura1The cultural wing of the Consell de Formentera reports that on Tuesday 19 November at 8.00pm, Biblioteca Marià Villangómez will host the first gathering of the library’s book club, «Llegeix i gaudeix» (Read and enjoy), with librarian Lorena Francisco Garcia.

The idea for the club took root among a set of local booklovers. Participants read a book at home and reconnoiter at the library on the last Tuesday of each month to discuss what they’ve read.

Education and culture councillor Susana Labrador described initiatives like the book club as “a way to promote reading among islanders, and, at the same time, create a group connection around a pastime that’s educational, key for developing critical thought and a great source of entertainment, too, plus you can do it anywhere, at any age”.

First book: El sopar
Organisers of the first session have suggested Dutch author Herman Koch’s The Dinner (El sopar in Catalan), a stinging, provocative work that takes on the satisfied and complacent social classes in the Netherlands and, by extension, across Europe.

Marià Villangómez library in Sant Francesc has 10 copies available for checkout. All interested readers have to do is register (by sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), then stop by the library, pick up a copy of the book and read it before 19 November, when participants meet and share their thoughts.


18 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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